Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 16, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.
The 15th meeting of the Gordon Research Conference on "Barrier
Function of Mammalian Skin" will be held at the Waterville Valley Resort between
August 13th and August 18th, 2017. This Gordon Conference is focused on the
scientific topics broadly related to skin barrier properties.
Mammalian skin, the largest organ of the body, forms the
principal protection against exogenous threats. At the same time, it offers an
active interface to communicate with the external world through exchange of
materials and signals. Skin also offers a platform to harvest diagnostic
signals from and deliver therapeutics into the body. Thus, skin has received
significant attention in the scientific community for fundamental as well as
translational research. A large community of researchers representing
biologists, clinicians, physical and chemical scientists, engineers,
pharmaceutical and cosmetic scientists are actively engaged in skin barrier
research. This Gordon Research Conference serves as a platform to bring
together this diverse community around this scientifically stimulating topic.
The general theme of this conference is "Technology meets Biology",
and the focus is on convergence of technology and biology to meet unmet needs
in dermatological/transdermal research and patient/consumer interests.
Speakers will represent technology and biology within the
same session with the goal of providing an interface between the two and
promote an active dialog.
Six general scientific themes will be highlighted in the
conference: UV and the Barrier, Atopic dermatitis and Ichthyosis, Skin
hydration, Wound healing, Follicular disorders, Itch and sensitive skin, and
Tools and Technologies. These areas represent some of the most urgent and
unmet clinical needs in the field. Significant advances have been made over the
years to understand the underlying biology that defines the pathophysiology of
clinical conditions related to barrier defects in terms of their origin as well
clinical implications. At the same time, technologies that make use of tools
such as wearable devices, high throughput screening, therapeutic devices,
spectroscopy and mathematical models have also developed to understand, detect
or intervene barrier related problems. This conference aims to explore the
convergence of these approaches and bring together communities of biologists
and technologies to pave the way for future discoveries and innovation.
This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS)
. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page
for more information.
The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 13, 2017. Please check back for updates.
Keynote Session: Convergence of Biology and Technology
(Samir Mitragotri, Joachim Fluhr / Martin Yarmush / Mark Prausnitz)
Atopic Dermatitis and Ichthyosis
(Dennis Roop / Thomas Bieber / Stephen Weidinger / Pieter Dorrestein / Thomas White)
UV and the Barrier
(Walter Holleran, Neil Kitson / Martine Meinke / Mark Saltzman / Kenneth Tsai)
(Theodora Mauro / Maria Morasso / Lim Chwee Tek / Dong-ki Lee / Westbrook Weaver)
(Richard Guy, Michael Roberts / Anthony Rawlings / Jason Heikenfeld / Luis Rodrigues Monteiro)
Itch and Sensitive Skin
(Peter Elias, Kenneth Feingold / Gil Yosipovitch / Laurant Misery / Jeffrey Karp / Sanja Kezic)
Selected Poster Presentations
(David Moore, Marek Haftek)
(Nicole Brogden, Reinhard H. Neubert / Yasmine Belkaid / John Newsam / Pankaj Karande / Joke Bouwstra)
(Gerald Kasting, Gopinathan Menon / Claus-Michael Lehr / Dilip Paithankar / Juergen Lademann)
- Power Hour